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Queens Chronicle

City may ax some DOB fees

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

The New York City Council announced this week that it passed legislation to allowthe Department of Buildings to continue to waive application, permit and inspection fees for work on plumbing and electrical systems damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

The legislation, passed unanimously by the Council, will extend the fee waiver until Dec. 31 if signed. It had expired April 30.

“New Yorkers are still recovering from the devastating impact Hurricane Sandy had on their homes,” said Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan). “Extending fee waivers for New Yorkers whose homes suffered plumbing and electrical damage as a result of Sandy will help alleviate the financial impact of undertaking this work as we continue to rebuild our City.”

Last December, the Council waived all DOB fees for buildings that were substantially damaged or destroyed by the storm, as well as Sandy-related electrical and plumbing fees for all other buildings until April 30. But the DOB continues to receive hundreds of applications for work to be done on plumbing and electric systems in homes damaged by the storm.

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